The new £48 million retirement village at Longbridge in Birmingham is now open. Longbridge Retirement Village is on the site of the former Austin Rover car factory where some of the residents used to work.
It is also the fifth of five retirement villages to open in Birmingham as part of a £250 million development programme between retirement charity the ExtraCare Charitable Trust, and Birmingham City Council. The Homes and Communities Agency has also provided £1.5 million to support affordable housing in the development. Set on five acres fronting Lickey Road on the edge of Longbridge Town Centre, the village provides 260 one and two bed apartments, carefully designed to encourage and support an independent and enriching lifestyle. The village opened in July 2017.
- The village was officially opened on September 27th 2017 by West Midlands Mayor Andy Street.
- It has been designed by Birmingham-based architecture practice Nicol Thomas and is aimed at encouraging and supporting independent living.
- At the centre of the village is a hub offering communal facilities including a village hall, bar, restaurant, gym, IT suite, hair and beauty salon and shop, all of which will be accessible to residents and their families and also local people.
ExtraCare Charitable Trust